Final week, we talked about that the extraordinarily widespread open supply video participant VLC is getting a brand-new interface in its upcoming 4.Zero launch, anticipated to debut later this 12 months. VLC 4.Zero is not prepared for prime time use but—however as a result of this system is open supply, adventurous customers can seize nightly builds of it to take a peek at what’s coming. The screenshots we’re about to indicate come from the nightly construct launched final Friday—20210212-0431.
Goodbye file-opener, good day media jukebox
On the left, we have now the model of VLC that ships with Ubuntu Focal—220.127.116.11. On the proper, we see model 4.0.0-dev, present as of February 12. [credit: Jim Salter ]
When opening up the 4.Zero dev model of VLC, the primary change that leaps out is an interface shift from “file opener” to “media browser.” In older variations of VLC—from its beginnings in 2001 right through the three.x model being distributed now—it opens to a clean participant window, with VLC’s iconic visitors cone displayed within the middle. The brand new VLC as an alternative opens to a media-browser interface, exhibiting thumbnails of all movies current within the consumer’s Movies folder.
That is the view related to the Video view displayed alongside the brand new model’s prime menu bar; it additionally presents Music, Browse, and Uncover. Music gives an identical view into the consumer’s Music folder, Uncover presents a community browser in search of shares and streams current on the consumer’s LAN, and Uncover doesn’t seem to have been totally carried out but.
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